Kyle Cody and Brett de Geus have been informed they have made the Texas Rangers Opening Day roster, per the beat guys on Twitter.
By my count there 22 players who have been informed they’ve made the team or who would seem to not really have their roster spots in question (Nate Lowe and Ronald Guzman I assume are in the latter category) — 12 position players and 10 pitchers. The only healthy players on the 40 man roster who haven’t been sent down or told they are on the team are Anderson Tejeda and Josh Sborz.
Cody and de Geus will be in the bullpen along with John King, who was announced as making the team earlier and would seem to be the token bullpen lefty until Brett Martin or Joely Rodriguez return. If the Rangers go with a four man bench, that leaves three bullpen spots and one bench spot still available, although at this point it would be a major upset if Ian Kennedy, in camp on a minor league deal, doesn’t make the team.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the final few spots don’t get solidified until the Rangers see what Rule 5 guys don’t stick with their drafting teams and who ends up on the waiver wire or available for future considerations. The injury situation complicates things a bit, particularly on the position player side — with Willie Calhoun expected back in early April, you may not want to clear a 40 man spot for, say, a Charlie Culberson just to waive him after a week, and that could result in Tejeda making the roster simply to provide a short term body for Chris Woodward, particularly given there’s no minor league season until May.
Hunter Wood and Matt Bush are the guys who you keep hearing being mentioned as the most likely NRIs to make the bullpen, but given that the Rangers can keep them at the Alternate Training Site if they don’t crack the roster, Texas may prefer to troll the waiver wire and see who is available on a claim as a short term option, get a chance to take a look at someone new and keep Bush and Wood in reserve for now.